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2004 Jul 30 - US Open: Brits crash in R1

Greg Rusedski suffered a disappointing defeat in the first round of the US Open at the hands of Frenchman Cyril Saulnier 6-4 3-6 6-1 3-6 7-6(7).

The British No.2 started slow and was always trailing but was able to match the Frenchman on the scoreboard and even earned 2 match-points in the fifth set but failed to convert either of them due to some impressive winners by the 29 year old from Toulon.

Alex Bogdanovic earned the right to play in the main US Open draw with a courageous run through qualifying but then crashed in the first round to Spaniard Alex Calatrava in a close five-setter 6-3 3-6 4-6 6-1 6-4.

It was the first time the British prospect had featured in a Grand Slam main draw outside of Wimbledon and he played with flair and confidence. Despite dropping the first set, Alex fought back to win the next two sets but was unable to hold pole position as the Spaniard slowly reeled in the Brit and forced a frantic deciding set.

Alex will miss out on a second round match with Czech Jiri Novak but will see his world ranking rise due to his achievements in qualifying for the main US Open draw.

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